End of season

Summer officially ended some weeks ago, but there are aspects of summer that are just now beginning to fade.  I think we might still have a few more warm days in store.  Even so, we’re entering a whole new phase of autumn.

Queen Anne's Lace bowed over with raindrops

We will have more cloudy, rainy days ahead.  The first snowflakes will fly by Halloween.  And the few flowers that are still blooming will dry and go to seed.

Lingering Queen Anne's Lace

Autumn and winter will begin to battle it out soon.  There’s no rush to break out the cross-country skis or other snow-related equipment, gear, or clothing.  We still have time to walk, hike, and maybe even fit in a few more bike rides.  Speaking of which, M and I should be out pedaling around Lancaster County, Pennsylvania today.  It depends on the weather.  We might have done it yesterday.  Either way, I hope to come back with some of the images of Lancaster County that I’ve been wanting to capture.

Autumn carpeting

One of the interesting aspects about traveling back east this time of year (anytime of year, really) is watching the season reverse by a few weeks.  It is usually warmer and sunnier once we pass through the mountains of Pennsylvania and head south to Lancaster County.  If we miss the peak of the fall foliage here, we can go there to see it.  I did hear before we left that all the rain they have been having out east has dampened the fall colors.

I’ll let you know if that’s true when I return home.  In the meantime, thank you for taking the time to stop by and keep up with me via my scheduled posts.  🙂

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37 Comments on “End of season”

  1. afrankangle says:

    Sure I appreciate the photos, but (to me) your words capture the season while the photos support the words. 🙂

    I believe I saw that your area of the state has already broken the record for the most rainfall in one year. Wow … and 2+ months to go. Same for Columbus and Dayton. As for us in Cincinnati, the next watery dose will take us over the top … and that should happen before the end of the month.

    Enjoy your ride and have a safe trip home.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Frank. 🙂

      We have had a great deal of rain this year. It will be interesting to see what happens with the snowfall. I heard an old wives’ tale the other day that a year of heavy rainfall means a mild winter with less snow. I’m not sure I buy it, but you never know…

  2. Marcie says:

    Amazing that you still have beautiful butterflies. I don’t think I’ve seen any – now – for weeks.

  3. What a beautiful butterfly!…and a lovely change of season, too.

  4. Very nice photos. I hope you have some good autumn tree colors by you. Our flowers look more exciting than our trees.

  5. Beautiful as always! I used to know what this little butterfly was called, but can’t remember…
    We still have summer and fall battling it out here.

  6. Gorgeous photos. They just make me smile, so thank you. 🙂

  7. Love the butterfly!

    Seems we may be passing one another somewhere in PA. Turns out I’m going to the Pittsburgh area next week, so I’ll wave at you from the interstate.

    Take care, my friend.

    Kathy

  8. ElizOF says:

    That butterfly is precious… enjoy your time and thanks for the photos. 🙂

  9. Beautiful photos, as always…
    Have a safe trip home…it will be odd not to have a daily ‘visit’ with you for a few days…
    ‘See’ you soon!

  10. Dad says:

    THE THIRD PICTURE FROM THE TOP OF TODAYS BLOG REMINDES ME OF THE FIELDS I PLAY IN AS A YOUTH. WOW ! SO MANY YEARS AGO. BEAUTIFUL BUTTER FLY. THE LEAVES REMIND ME OF THE INTERNAL BEAUTY OF EACH INDIVIDUAL LEAF. SO TO ARE WE UNDER THIS BODY CARRY A SOUL THAT I HOPE IS AS IF NOT MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN A LEAF. GOD BLESS . DAD

  11. milkayphoto says:

    You find beauty no matter the season. 🙂

  12. Anna says:

    Beautiful autumn captures! I really like the “Queen Anne’s Lace bowed over with raindrops” photo.

  13. I love how late the Queen Anne’s Lace blooms. So delicate and yet so hardy.

  14. Kala says:

    Gorgeous image of the butterfly and Queen Anne’s lace blossom.

  15. jenna says:

    Your Dad left a comment! 🙂
    I’d say in southeast PA we’re solidly in fall… but not battling it out with winter. Yet. I’m not quite ready to shiver anyway.

    • Robin says:

      He did, J. 😀

      Western PA seems to be peaking right now in terms of color. The southeastern portion seems to be just past that now. At least that’s how it appeared on our drive home.

  16. Gosh, you still have some lingering Queen Anne’s Lace? Ours have been gone for a while.

    • Robin says:

      A few here and there, Teresita. I haven’t been out to the meadows to look today, though, so it’s possible they have finished their season now.

  17. Karma says:

    Funny you should mention the battling of the seasons today. I glanced around my yard today (didn’t have the camera with me, should rectify that!) and saw a few things that surprised me. I found one tiny hydrangea bloom still bright with color at the bottom of a bush, the parsley in my herb barrel growing profusely and my butterfly bushes putting out fresh, tender, leaves and looking like it had grown in size since the summer. It is like there is one last “push” going on before the real cold comes on.

  18. jane tims says:

    Hi. Looking at your photos is like travelling back in time a week or so. Jane


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